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Telecommunication in Canada

The development of telecommunications in Canada is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +1, there were a total of 50.02 m connections in 2020. Among them were 36.09 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.95 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections Canada is very well in the race. Around 97% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 42% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 8.74 m webhosts, Canada is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 171.74 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Canada ranked 19th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 71.56 Mbit/second was significantly lower (29th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Canada comes 16th with a download speed of 92.42 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 13 Mbit was enough for 64th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 from 180 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the Internet in Canada from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Canada 1998 - 2020

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020



Distribution in 2020Canada
Total
Canada
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users15.78 m41.51 %162.67 m36.33 %
Landlines13.93 m36.64 %159.99 m35.73 %
Mobile cellulars36.09 m94.97 %541.96 m121.03 %